Skip to comments.‘She was going to retire soon.’ Postal carrier dies in truck in 117-degree heat wave
Posted on 07/12/2018 6:42:31 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
Peggy Frank had worked as a carrier for the U.S Post Office for 28 years. At age 63, shed started planning for her upcoming retirement, her family told KTLA.
Now she cant, Lynn Calkins, her sister, told the station. Frank died Friday after being found unresponsive in her mail truck on her route during a blistering Southern California heat wave.
It was her first day back at work after months recuperating from a broken ankle, KTLA reported.
Temperatures reached a high of 117 degrees that day in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles where Frank died delivering mail in her post office truck, which did not have air conditioning, reported KCBS.
The National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning Friday for the region.
Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroners office told The Los Angeles Daily News that paramedics tried to revive Frank after she was found, but she was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m.
Winter declined to say whether Frank had died of a heat-related illness, telling the publication Monday that an autopsy has been completed but further tests are needed.
Franks family, which told KTTV that Frank had suffered heat stroke on the job last summer, believes the extreme heat Friday contributed to her death.
"She was a good person," Calkins, her sister, told the station. She wanted to do it right and she wanted to do a good job.
Calkins told KTTV the post office should do more to protect carriers from the heat.
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Given the level of intelligence of current 'journalists' I bet this was news to them.
I lived for four years in Tucson, and you actually have to prepare yourself daily to be out in the heat...especially after mid-day.
Someone’s called a ambulance-chasing lawyer and is preparing a wrongful-death lawsuit
Her level of performance is not expected to be changed for the next several months. The postal union is still disputing whether death is a viable reason to stop pay.
Robot-tize the postal service.
Maybe the bots will be more literate and competent than the yo-yos in my area.
What the story does not tell use is what her over all health and physical condition was.
(I escaped to an aircraft hanger, then on to a desk job, thank you Jesus)
“I lived for four years in Tucson, and you actually have to prepare yourself daily to be out in the heat...especially after mid-day.”
Another story, we were over by the Fiesta Bowl stadium, as I remember it was over at Arizona State University. We were looking for a restaurant and had to walk down a street of brick buildings that were around 3 - 6 stories high. It was like walking into a brick oven. Between the pavement and brick on buildings it was unbearable.
I'm 64 and still work...my work is physical...its probably kept me alive....
I've only been thru Arizona a few times but I remember one July we had to stay over for our flight there..it was 1000 pm and it was still 106 out...
Someones called a ambulance-chasing lawyer and is preparing a wrongful-death lawsuit
Based on what?
People die all the time. It is not always someone else’s fault.
Or voting in elections.
Lots of details missing that would clarify this. We live in so Cal - that day was a beast. Like an oven outside. So, go inside and deliver the mail tomorrow??
Neither rain nor snow nor heat...
Back in the late 1800s we had a family member who froze to death delivering the mail.
I’m surprised they don’t start their route at 4 am and finish at 11 am. My kid brother was on a construction gang in Las Vegas which did that during the summer. The pay was great, but he ended up taking a pay cut to work as a line cook in a casino. It took him a 10 hour day to earn what he did in con struction in 8 hours, but he had energy to do something when the work day was done.
I was in Tucson in 1990 when it finally went to 117 degrees (all time high in the town). It’s funny, but you reach a level where you consider 105 degrees ‘mild’, and 99 degrees as being ‘comfortable’. I owned a scooter at the time, and remember making the 20 minute ride from the office to the apartment. I sat and sipped for half-an-hour on ice tea after getting home.
It takes about six months after you get there...to get used to it, and accept it. Around the fourth (last) year, we had a mild summer with six weeks straight of summer heat never exceeding 100 degrees, a remarkable feat.
It’s probably bad for the carriers here in the Houston area. Our summers last a minimum of 6 months, and it’s “heat wave” conditions all summer long with high humidity. I assume the mail carrier vehicles do not have A/C because they are open so that they can reach mailboxes, step out easily, etc.
I am sorry for her family’s loss.
Just counting down until some left wing nut politician blames it on Climate Change and lays the death at the feet of us deniers, like the President. 3, 2, 1, ...
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